SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Four people survived a helicopter crash during a search and rescue mission of a cross-country skier who was later found dead.
The pilot and a sheriff’s deputy and two other crew members survived after the helicopter they were in lost power and crashed at about approximately 10,000 feet.
They were searching for an 81-year-old man on Lizard Head Pass after the man and his golden retriever dog went missing overnight.
The man was found deceased at approximately 3/4 miles east of Highway 145 at the top of Lizard Head Pass. The man’s dog, “Buddy,” was guarding his body from coyotes in area.